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A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Latin School

Course description

Theatre Studies at AS and A2 offers the opportunity to explore drama and theatre from practical and theoretical standpoints. It suits those who have enjoyed the study of Drama, Art, Music or English Literature at GCSE and can be a good choice with subjects such as Law, Media, English Literature, Religious Studies and History, or with subjects such as Science, Maths and Technology to provide breadth in Year Twelve. It develops confidence and artistic expression, together with performance skills. It is valuable for those thinking of degrees and careers in the arts, entertainment, media and law.

Course content

Year 1: Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of theatre practice through their own engagement with the medium as both participant and informed audience member. They will develop performance and/or production skills appropriate to the creation and realisation of drama and theatre.

Year 2: the subject provides candidates with the opportunity to develop skills and apply knowledge gained at AS level. Candidates will demonstrate a more advanced level of performance and/or production skills alongside the ability to think independently, make judgements and refine their work in the light of research. They will demonstrate the ability to analyse the ways in which different performances and production elements are brought together to create theatre.

Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of a grade B in Drama (or evidence of equivalent appropriate experience) and a B in English. Non-RLS students without Drama GCSE need to indicate on the application form that they have such evidence available if needed for inspection.


Assessment is by examination of both practical and written work. Students are entered for both AS modules in May of Year Twelve. In Year Thirteen, students sit the written paper in June and perform for the moderator between April and June. Even though the practical examinations take place within groups, students are assessed individually by their teachers and by an examiner from AQA. The written examinations knit together all areas of the work.

Further information

Prospective students attending Taster Day will be given a reading list so they can begin their background reading over the summer holidays.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Royal Latin School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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